New on the Yankee airwaves as of June 9: The Voice of Russia began broadcasting on two talk radio stations — 1430 AM in New York and 1390 AM in Washington — marking the first time the Moscow-based broadcaster is producing programming and broadcast directly from the U.S. rather than Russia.
Among those at the National Press Club to launch it all: Andrei Bystritsky, chairman of Voice of Russia; Joseph Duffey, former director of the U.S. Information Agency; and Thomas Graham, former senior director at the National Security Council for Russia.
They maintain that diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia is on “reset” from the olden days of “ideological/propaganda effort” and promise to explore why the Voice of Russia is opening a studio in Washington with American broadcasters and programming. Fire Department’s “FDNY 20012011: A Decade of Remembrance and Resilience,” featuring an introduction by former President George W. Bush.
“Our nation must never forget the 343 members of the Fire Department lost on September 11, 2001. . . . On this solemn anniversary, I ask for God’s blessings on the members of the FDNY and their families,” Mr. Bush says in the 112-page, large format book, which features dozens of department photos from the day of the attacks, and the aftermath — some previously unreleased.
The book will be published in July; order from www.fdnybook.com and half of the cover price goes toward public safety efforts in New York City. It also will be available in bookstores and from the publisher (www.mtpublishing.com). skills and his chances of recovering post-Weinergate. “Can he repair his image? He can never truly get past this story. He has mortally wounded his political career. But that doesn’t mean he can’t star in a reality show or host a program on CNN,” says former Fox News producer Jess Todtfeld, now president of Success In Media, a Manhattan consultancy.
“Anthony Weiner can recover from this mistake. He didn’t break the law and is lucky to be a Democrat from New York City rather than a Republican from the Bible Belt. Immoral isn’t illegal, and while I believe this will damage his reputation, he will be forgiven and this won’t destroy him — although his wife may,” says Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations, another New York City agency that advises Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg and the Bennie Hinn Ministries, among many.
Meanwhile, one entrepreneur is marketing “an invention for shirtless politicians”— the Quik era,” says inventor Wayne Fromm. “I’m proud to be of assistance to members of the government.”